Monday, June 1, 2015

Atlanta food events: June 1-7

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Food happs in Atlanta from June 1-7
  • Rachel Hortman
  • Food happs in Atlanta from June 1-7

Wine dinner? Beer tasting? Cooking class? Let us know. Create a CL account and submit your Food and Drink happs here.

Monday

Last Word Mon., June 1, 5:30-10 p.m. Authentic Mexico City Street Food with Marco Serrano Last Word welcomes back Marco Serrano for a night of authentic Mexico City street food — from tostadas to tacos and salsas. No reservations required. $3-$7 per item. Details.

Haven Mon., June 1, 6:30 p.m. Huneeus Vintners Wine Dinner Huneeus Vintners and Brookhaven wines have paired up for a wine dinner. Adam Hanks from Huneeus Vintners will share his knowledge of wines and chef Stephen Herman will prepare a multi-course meal featuring Huneeus wines, including The Prisoner, Cuttings, Illumination Sauvignon Blanc, and Quintessa Proprietary Red Blend. Reservations required. Details.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Quick Bites: MF Sushi update, Veni Vidi Vici to close, and more

Posted By and on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:56 PM

NEW NEW: Sunday brunch cometh to Illegal Food
  • Matthew Smith/CL File
  • NEW NEW: Sunday brunch cometh to Illegal Food

James Hammerl, proprietor of the popular Doggy Dogg weiner carts, has a brick-and-mortar hot dog joint in the works. Hammerl tells Creative Loafing that after touring Atlanta with his decked out wiener carts for the last four years, he is planning to open the first-ever stationary Doggy Dogg outpost in the former home of shuttered Peruvian chicken rotisserie Las Brasas (310 E. Howard Ave.) in Decatur. (Las Brasas, is in the process of relocating to 614 Church St. and hopes to open in July.) Meanwhile, Hammerl's hot dog carts will continue to make their farmers market appearances. Projected opening is June.

Virginia-Highland's burger-centric Illegal Food begins brunch service this Sun., May 31 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The restaurant's infamous burger, the Hank, will, of course, be on the menu. Other, more brunch-y items include quail and waffles, fancy French toast, and Kentucky Hot Brown with maple and sage turkey breast, mornay sauce, bacon, and more. As for booze, expect concoctions such as chef Steven Lingenfelter’s "Bloody Mary, with 30-plus ingredients, and the Caucasian (a riff on a White Russian), with house-made Kahlua."

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New restaurant development coming to East Lake

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 1:01 PM

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  • Adam Komich

Last week,Fellini's and La Fonda Latina founders Mike Nelson and Clay Harper — along with business partners Jay Martin and Nathan Bolster — announced plans to bring "multiple restaurant concepts to the corners of Second Ave. and Hosea Williams Dr.," the site of a new commercial development coming to East Lake. Since opening the original Fellini's on on Peachtree Street in Buckhead in 1983, Nelson and Harper's empire currently includes seven Fellini's locations, five La Fondas, and two Greater Good BBQs in the Atlanta area.

According to the release:

Construction will begin over the next couple months to convert the old gas station on the Northwest corner into The Greater Good BBQ, a fast-casual family-friendly restaurant. On the Southeast corner, they will modify the existing building for two new restaurant concepts with outdoor seating and add a third new small restaurant.

We'll keep you posted with details as they arise.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Doggy Dogg hot dog stand to open in Decatur

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM

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James Hammerl is in the dogg house, or, at least he's 'bout to be. The proprietor of the popular Doggy Dogg weiner carts has a brick-and-mortar hot dog joint in the works.

Hammerl tells Creative Loafing that after touring Atlanta with his decked out wiener carts for the last four years, he is planning to open the first-ever stationary Doggy Dogg outpost in the former home of shuttered Peruvian chicken rotisserie Las Brasas (310 E. Howard Ave.) in Decatur. (Las Brasas, is in the process of relocating to 614 Church St. and hopes to open in July.) Meanwhile, Hammerl's hot dog carts will continue to make their farmers market appearances.

Doggy Dogg's ingredients are preservative free and sourced locally (most sausages are from the Spotted Trotter). Buns come from Holeman and Finch, including a gluten-free option. Hammerl plans to serve ten or so items such has the signature Doxie, a dog topped with with sauerkraut and a dark-ale German mustard, and the Saigon Slinger with hot pickled vegetables and cilantro mayo.

Doggy Dogg will have take-away lunch six days a week and dinner every night. The late night window will be open Fridays and Saturdays. Projected opening is June. Look for a pretty cool mural by Kyle Brooks (Black Cat Tips) to grace the bright white sides of the building. More information as it becomes available can be found at www.doggydoggatl.com.

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Atlanta food events: May 25-31

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM

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  • Rachel Hortman

Wine dinner? Beer tasting? Cooking class? Let us know. Create a CL account and submit your Food and Drink happs here.

Monday

South Main Kitchen Mon., May 25, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-10 p.m. Memorial Day at South Main Kitchen Chef Christy Stone will be serving South Main Kitchen's standard dinner menu on Memorial Day. Stone will also serve summer specials such as burgers or slider trios. Details.

Tuesday

Gunshow Tues.-Wed., May 26-27, 6-9 p.m. Gunshow Hosts “Hired Guns” Dining Event Gunshow is bringing back its “Hired Guns” series of dining events, hosting collaborations with chefs from around the nation. For two days each, the “Hired Guns” will showcase their signature flavors and personalities in Gunshow’s open kitchen. Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, chefs and co-owners of Portland, Oregon, restaurant Ox will be featured. Guests are encouraged to make reservations. Menu items vary in price. Details.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Atlanta weekend food events: May 22-24

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 7:16 PM

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  • Rachel Hortman

Wine dinner? Beer tasting? Cooking Class? Let us know. Send your Food and Drink happs to foodanddrink@creativeloafing.com.

Friday

Preserving Place Fri., May 22, 5:30-8 p.m. Strawberry Social Fundraiser Preserving Place will host a strawberry social benefiting the Community Farmers Market. The event will highlight strawberries in various forms and includes a strawberry cocktail demonstration. A portion of the proceeds will go to CFM's Westside Provisions District Farmers Market. Details

Turner Field Fri., May 22, 6:30-7 p.m. Braves Strike Out Hunger The Atlanta Community Food Bank will partner with the Atlanta Braves and Kroger for a canned food drive. Braves pitcher Jason Grilli will be signing autographs for a donation of 20 cans or $20. Details

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Quick Bites: Ponce City Market delays opening, Ford Fry to open another Tex-Mex location, and more

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 2:16 PM

COMING SOON: Jeff and Craig Moore of Old Fourth Distillery are adding gin to their repertoire
  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • COMING SOON: Jeff and Craig Moore of Old Fourth Distillery are adding gin to their repertoire

The highly anticipated Ponce City Market, which planned to open this past April, has pushed its debut date to August with stalls continuing to open until early 2016. As of now, the food hall tenants include Bellina, Dancing Goats Coffee Bar, Dub's Fish Camp, Farm to Ladle, Fish Camp, H&F Burger, H&F Bread Co., Honeysuckle Gelato, Jia, Juice Box, Minero, Simply Seoul Kitchen, and Ton Ton. There are also two newly added tenants: Boti, an Indian street food concept from Decatur and Ashville's Chai Pani founder Meherwan Irani, and Spiller Park Coffee from restaurateur and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson.

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What happend at Hugh Acheson's endangered eats lunch

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Endangered eats at Empire State South
  • Endangered eats at Empire State South

For about a week, #Atlanta social media was in a tizzy over an upcoming event hosted by Georgia's very own semi-regular "Top Chef" judge and restaurateur, chef Hugh Acheson.

The news circulating read:

Endangered Eats is s a one-day only tasting menu featuring endangered species; hosted by celebrity chef Hugh Acheson at Empire State South in Atlanta. By eating these rare species, we can help save them.

Some folks were apparently horrified, outraged by the thought of gobbling up precious animals for fun. Tweets were tweeted:

"@WWF how do we stop this?" and "How does a chef even get access to endangered species?"

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

5 things to look for at this year's Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

A cooking demo during the 2014 Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

There is a flutter, a scurry, and a hustle going on in A-town Food Land. Back for a fifth year, the the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will make its return to the Loew's Atlanta hotel next weekend. From May 28 to 31, Southern chefs, beverage experts, and industry trailblazers will descend upon Midtown to offer learning, tasting, and dining experiences that celebrate the culinary traditions of the region.

As is the festival's custom, this year's programming is robust. With nearly 100 seminars and lectures — or learning experiences, as they're called — on the schedule, we thought it would be helpful to call out a few things worth checking out this year:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CL nominated for 2 AFJ awards

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 5:48 PM

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The Association of Food Journalists dropped its list of award finalists for the 2014 school year and Creative Loafing has been honored with two nominations: Best Newspaper Special Food Project for the 2014 Food Issue and Best Writing on Beer, Wine and/or Spirits for Austin L. Ray's September cover story on Red Brick Brewing Company.

The Food Issue was built around the theme of "Legacy" and included an expansive history of Atlanta farmers markets by CL Food Editor Stephanie Dazey; a mind-melting web of restaurant connections by Dazey, Restaurant Critic Jennifer Zyman, and Graphic Designer Rachel Hortman; tours of swanky old school haunts by Scott Henry and Joeff Davis; burritos, BBQ; brews; recipes from ATL's ethnic food trailblazers, and more. Writers, editors, photographers and graphic designers on the project included: Cliff Bostock, Todd Brock, Angela Hansberger, Scott Henry, Brad Kaplan, Alex Lockie, Miles Macquarrie, Sucheta Rawal, Austin L. Ray, Jennifer Zyman, Wes Duvall, Rachel Hortman, Joeff Davis, Konyin Ayuba, Eric Cash, Adam Komich, Matthew Smith, Mia Yakal, Dazey and yours truly.

Ray's longform feature on Red Brick Brewing, nee Atlanta Brewing Company, looked at the scrappy local brewer's fight to stay relevant and in business over the last 21 years. The story traced the ascension of the craft beer market in Atlanta over the past two decades, the fight over distribution and direct sales, and the brewery's fresh talent that's turning out some of the best beer in the company's history.

Winners will be announced Sept. 17 at AFJ's annual conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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